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Alleged Dacula murderer: 'I love my wife'

LAWRENCEVILLE -- While being taken away in a police car Friday morning, Egbert Courtney professed his love for the wife he had reportedly just killed.

Gwinnett County police responded to Courtney's home on Kachina Terrace in Dacula Friday morning after the Jamaican-born 60-year-old reportedly called them to say he had shot his 58-year-old wife, Sonia. Shortly after 10 a.m., officers found Sonia Courtney unresponsive in an upstairs bathroom.

Her husband was already handcuffed on the front lawn.

An incident report obtained Monday by the Daily Post didn't reveal much in the way of background, and a police spokesman said details about the believed argument that preceded the shooting would not be released prior to trial.

The report did, however, depict Egbert Courtney's actions once placed in the back of a squad car.

"Mr. Courtney began to cry and sob," the reporting officer wrote. "I asked Mr. Courtney if he needed to be seen by EMS. Mr. Courtney stated 'Just shoot me,' 'I'm sorry, I didn't mean to do it,' and 'I love my wife.'"

"While Mr. Courtney was sitting in the back seat of my police car," the report added, "he stated numerous times 'I'm sorry' and asked 'Is my wife dead?'"

Police have said the shooting occurred in the wake of a domestic dispute.

Egbert Courtney has been charged with aggravated assault, felony murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime. He remains in Gwinnett County jail without bond.

The homicide was the first of 2013 in the Gwinnett County Police Department's jurisdiction.